Grammar Targets for Spanish I

Finding a maternity substitute was, for me, not unlike any classic tale of unrequited love. I was “enamored” by several of my options, only to find them uninterested, unavailable, or snatched out from under me by dazzling offers of full-time positions (Emily!). I began to think that there was no other option but to turn…

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How to create a Comprehension-based Midterm or final

When we make changes to instruction, we must also change assessment (and vice versa!). If you—like me—are transitioning to a more proficiency-oriented, comprehension-based way of teaching, you are probably realizing that your old ScanTron Midterms and Finals just won’t cut it. So… what does a benchmark assessment (like a midterm or final) look like for…

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Alma

Thank you to Cynthia Hintz for inspiring my Spanish 2A midterm exam! I came across this post of hers yesterday while looking through all of the resources to which my blog visitors have referred me. In the post, she describes how she used the video with her Spanish 1 students (I plan to do this also).…

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Emotions Analysis

This is a great activity to use in order to (1) get more reps and (2) give your students critical thinking practice. It works best as a whole-group/discussion activity as opposed to an assessment because the discussion is the most valuable component–that’s where students are honing their critical thinking skills. However, you could absolutely use…

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Same and Different

This is a great reading activity that will give students experience with ‘testing vocabulary’ and require them to use higher levels of thinking. You could also use it as a listening activity, but you’d probably want to have done it with a reading first since the immediacy of listening would make it more challenging. Begin…

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Listening assessments for language classes

I administer four kinds of summative assessments to my students: Reading comprehension assessments Listening comprehension assessments Presentational writing assessments Presentational speaking assessments (Read here about why I don’t administer summative Interpersonal assessments.) Each quarter, I try to get three or four grades in the book for each of the first three assessment categories. I adopted…

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Susan Van Zant

One of the things that I love most about working at my school is that we have a Principal who is committed to providing incredible, frequent training opportunities to our teachers. Sometimes, I have a difficult time figuring out how to apply the material to my Spanish, Elective classroom, but more often than not, I…

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